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otterpuffs 03-22-2012 06:10 PM

What type of Bipolar do I have?
5 years ago I was diagnosed by a psychiatrist with PTSD, Anxiety and Bipolar after I had experienced a very traumatic event. I stopped taking Bipolar medication because I didn't feel like I had it. Now I am realizing certain symptoms of Bipolar and anxiety such as, promiscuity, excessive spending, feelings of wanting to self-medicate (fall back on alcohol, marijuana, prescription pills ect.), attention shifts between many topics in a few minutes, having inflated feelings of power, greatness or importance, periods of intense focus on goal-directed activity such as - sexual activities, exercise activities, spiritual activities, Also very frequent periods of diminished abilities to think or concentrate, extreme INDECISIVENESS and racing thoughts, points where I feel like I have to be doing something and want to be very social and other times where I am extremely introverted and don't want to be seen at all or do anything. I get irritated easily and upset if things don't go my way or as planned. I also get a heavy feeling in my chest like my heart is going to explode.. I also noticed I can't keep a relationship for more than 4 months and friends come in and out of my life very rapidly. I want to know what type of bipolar I have since these are the symptoms I have and what medication I should take concerning the symptoms. Please help anyone!

Linuxman 04-03-2012 09:47 AM

Re: What type of Bipolar do I have?
I have no idea what "type" I am. My doc never told me, or brought it up, and I never bothered to ask. Ask yourself the question: "Does it matter what type I have?" I don't think that it does, it's just a label.

All you need to know is that you are bipolar and NEED to take medication, every day of your life, for the rest of your life. If you do, life will be better! :)

As far as what meds you should take ... that is what you psychiatrist is for. There are many different meds, each affecting each person in different ways, with different levels of success, and different side effects. You have to work with your doc to find the ones that work best for you.

After trying several different meds, and combinations of meds, I currently take Geodon, Pristiq, and Tegretol. I'm very happy with those 3 right now! I hope you find what works for you as quickly as possible!

Are you seeing a psychiatrist right now?

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